The Weekend Guide for Dec. 9-11: Arthur Q. Smith, Whitechapel, River & Rail Theatre, and More

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Here’s a list of what to do this weekend: country music, death metal, electronic pop, a gay chorus, community theater, and more. Visit the Knoxville Mercury online calendar or pick up this week’s issue for a full list of the weekend’s offerings.

That Knoxville Sound!: An Arthur Q. Smith CD Release Party
The Emporium Center • 6-10 p.m. • Free
James Arthur Pritchett, aka  Arthur Q. Smith, wrote some classic country songs for artists such as Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Ray Price, and many others. And he sold them for pennies. He’s finally getting an overdue CD collection, to be celebrated at this party with screenings and live performances, headlined by the Barstool Romeos.

River & Rail Theatre: The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby
119 W. Fifth Ave. • 7:30 p.m. • $18-$25
After 18 months of fundraising and planning, River & Rail Theatre Company debuts its first full-length production, an original family-friendly holiday folk musical about a pregnant virgin and her confused fiance. It’s straight from the Bible, but it’s presented as a comedy for believers and nonbelievers alike. Through Dec. 18.


Dogwood December Art DeTour
Around downtown Knoxville • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Free
Visit working artists’ studios during Dogwood Arts’ holiday art tour. Featured studios include Pretentious Beer and Glassware Company, Bobbie Crews Studio at the Emporium Center, Central Collective, Ironwood Studios, and Pioneer House.

The Concourse • 7 p.m. • $12-$20 • 18 and up
The local death metal superstars host their annual toy drive—donate a new toy, blanket, jacket, or coat and get $5 off admission. With Lorna Shore, Realm, the Guild, Hatestomp, and Anniversary.

Bill Mize
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg) • 8 p.m. • Free

Jubilee Community Arts

Every year, award-winning acoustic guitarist Bill Mize comes back to East Tennessee, where he was born and raised, for a holiday concert at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. This year’s will be special—school administrators have canceled several events in the wake of last week’s fire in Gatlinburg, which damaged several buildings on the Arrowmont campus, but they’ve turned Mize’s show—initially a paid, ticketed event—into a free community concert.


Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas
Knoxville Civic Auditorium • 3 p.m. • $25
Traditional holiday favorites from KGMC.

Peak Physique 
Pilot Light • 9 p.m. • $5 • 18 and up
Stay warm by dancing to the indie electronica of Wil Wright (Senryu, Lil Iffy) and Matt Honkonen (Tenderhooks, Llama Train). With Hudson K and DJ Hatred

Senior Editor Matthew Everett manages the Knoxville Mercury's arts & entertainment section, including the comprehensive calendar section—Knoxville’s go-to guide for everything worth doing in the area. You can reach Matthew at

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